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War of words. half of the Italians should be in jail

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Submitted by Bruno G (Italy), Jan 19, 2005 at 12:54

I'm very, very far from being a friend of islam, so don't take my words in a misleading way.

But I think in both cases American authorities showed an almost Stalinist attitude: both men pronounced just words.

Here in Italy many people get very hot when litigating, at least here in the North, verbal offenses never get into real action.

A bit different in the South, i concede, over there some people may kill for a wrong word.

But the behavior of your authorities smacks of witchunt: even the Moslem was most likely showing just verbal bravado, which is typical of his area of origin.

I don't condone it, be it clear.

While I do think that fundamentalist Islam should never be allowed in European countries, while I do think Islam is here to conquer, I do not like any trial of pure verbal intentions, if people just vent their anger in the wrong way.

I would absolutely side with the American man, while I do think that the Moslem one would rightly pertain to another continent.

Anyway I see that the American authorities were heavy handed in both cases.

The Moslem's bad temper should just be the ground for a serious investigation of his possible sympathies towards terrorism, that's for sure.

If we would take this approach here, half the country would be in jail, including several housewives.
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